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The Valley blues: Music, barbecue and brews come to historic Snoqualmie

The Late Summer Travelers are a local blues band headlining the Snoqualmie Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival, June 23 and 24, downtown. - Courtesy photo
The Late Summer Travelers are a local blues band headlining the Snoqualmie Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival, June 23 and 24, downtown.
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The blues are taking over downtown Snoqualmie this weekend.

The Historic Downtown Snoqualmie Merchants Association is hosting the first annual Downtown Snoqualmie Blues, Brews, and BBQ Festival on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24.

There will be plenty of beer and barbecue to go around, but what really defines the event is the large variety of blues musicians who are performing. All musical performances of the weekend will be free. Visitors need only pay for food and beverages.

The festival features acclaimed headliners, as well as popular local musicians such as Late Summer Travelers. Performing on The Bindlestick patio from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, the Late Summer Travelers are North Bend resident Rich Helzerman, and Richard Stewart of Snoqualmie. Other performers include Brian Butler, Paul Green, Nick Vigarino, and Moon Valley Trio.

Saturday at The Black Dog Arts Cafe, the festival includes a benefit concert for the Three Rivers Animal Rescue at 8 p.m., featuring local rock and roll band Dorian Blu. Kim Ewing of The Black Dog Arts Cafe said they decided to work together “to create the kind of environment that consistently draws economic traffic to our neighborhood.” Ewing also explained that this festival is only the beginning of the Association’s summer plans to encourage tourists and locals to visit their businesses.

The event is a collaboration between Snoqualmie Falls Brewery and Taproom, The Black Dog Arts Cafe, The Bindlestick Coffee & Beer House, Snoqualmie Falls Candy Factory, Carmichael’s True Value Hardware and other members of the Downtown Snoqualmie Merchants Association.

For more information visit blackdogsnoqualmie.com.

 

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